Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Great PR, or the Worst Submarine Omen Ever

From 2008: Private Submarine is Strange - The myth of submarine safety has spread in the current craze, totally devoid of meaningfiul comparisons, for personal submarines. As every submariner well knows, however, it is just a matter of time before certain tragedy and wreckless folly end this shallow craze.
On one dive a window cracked 600 feet down, spraying seawater on a passenger. That scared the crap out of me, he admits. (He has broken three more windows since.) Stanley conducts about 100 dives a year and posts annual revenues of slightly more than $100,000.

The terrible prophecy is about to be fulfilled...

Academy Award-winning AVATAR director acquired a high-tech submarine with highly resistant materials, enabling it to resist "tremendous pressures.

[Cameron] has commissioned engineers to design a deep-sea submersible that can reach the bottom of the Mariana Trench, 36,000ft down in the Pacific. He intends to dive into the trench and capture footage he can use in the next two films.“We are building a vehicle to do the dive”, Cameron told The Sunday Times. “It’s about half completed in Australia.” - Coventry Telegraph SEPT 12, 2010

The Epoch Times - ‘Avatar’ Sequel to Film in Mariana Trench Seven Miles Underneath Ocean - September 21, 2010
Ordinarily, one might be safe in the assumption that this totally unnecessary Mariana Trench plan is typical Hollywood hype to garner public interest in Cameron's latest movie venture. What makes this claim different, however, are Cameron's very deep pockets nowadays and his exaggerated sense of self-confidence. Consult any Greek tragedy you like, either of these mortal attributes is a recipe for disaster, and that is what M.E. is predicting, if Cameron follows through on his foolish, high-tech submarining.
Submarines are always silent and strange.



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